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A polar bear first spotted at about 10 a.m. Sunday by a cabin owner across the bay from Longyearbyen is wandering eastward away from town into Adventdalen, but officials plan to track it throughout the evening and are urging people to take precautions if they are in the area, according to an alert issued by The Governor of Svalbard at about 3 p.m.
A helicopter tracked the bear until early Sunday afternoon, with officials now monitoring the bear by vehicles on land. No encounters or property damage involving the bear have been reported.
The cabin area and valley have been visited numerous times by bears at times throughout the year, with the governor forced to shoot one bear and remove others via helicopter, with one dying from adverse effects of being tranquilized. Such visits have in part occurred because bears are increasingly seeking alternative food sources to their traditional hunting of seals since climate change has vastly reduced the sea ice in the area.
I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.